At First Impressions Academy in Fayetteville, NC, we are happy to work with parents and students to create a positive environment in our programs, from preschool to grade school to middle school. We believe a positive environment in our schools helps foster a love of learning in our students and helps them to healthily grow academically as well as socially. Our highly qualified and educated teachers are caring and supportive to help build each child’s confidence, and we keep class sizes small so students receive the individualized attention they need.
What is the cost of tuition?
We do not list our tuition on our website, because we would like parents to call us so they can discover why an education at First Impressions Academy is so unique and valuable. FIA not a daycare; we are an academic-based preschool, grade school and middle school. We invite you to schedule a tour so you can see for yourself what makes us special and to understand what your child will receive for the money.
Are you a religious-based school?
We are a non-denominational school. We believe that in a religious-based institution, the faculty should all follow that practice, and we would miss out on many wonderful and qualified educators. Regardless of their beliefs, all children deserve a valuable education. Rather, we teach children to have good character so they can succeed in life and develop their social and behavioral skills.
What are your plans for FIA in the future?
We intend to open one grade per year, up to grade eight. We are currently at grade seven. We have chosen to only open one grade per year so we can focus on providing the highest quality education to the children at our school.
Do you offer discounts?
We do not offer discounts at FIA, but our tuition is one of the lowest in the area. If you have multiple children attending our school we can try to work with you to lower the rate, but it is difficult because we keep our class sizes so small.
However, we do accept the Opportunity Scholarship, a program that supports qualifying students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade choosing a private education.
What are your policies for early termination?
If you leave our grade school at any point during the school year, there is a $500.00 termination fee. If you leave our preschool before April 1st, there is a $500.00 termination fee. This is because it is difficult to fill your child’s slot in the middle of the year. If you plan to leave our school, we require a two academic week’s notice in writing. You cannot give your notice right before or during a break, because during a break we are not at the school to work to fill the slot. We enforce these policies no matter the reason for termination.
Are your students required to wear uniforms?
Do you follow the August 31st birthday policy when placing students?
We use this date as a guideline, but we also take into consideration the progress of each student. Our administration, as well as the child’s teachers and parents, will work together to reach a decision. If we feel a student is ready to move up, we will arrange it. However, if we feel a child is not yet ready, either academically, behaviorally or socially, we won’t push them forward. Moving children through our programs too quickly can result in a loss of confidence for the child, and we always encourage our students to progress at a pace that is right for them.
Do you accept children with disabilities?
If the needed accommodations are able to be made between the school and the child’s family, we are more than happy to welcome children with disabilities. However, we don’t have the staff or resources to successfully work with children who have moderate to severe special needs and need one-on-one education. If we feel your child should take an assessment or may qualify for services but the family does not cooperate, we hold the right to terminate enrollment. This is because we want your child to receive the best education possible. If we don’t feel we are able to provide that, we will help you find a more beneficial solution.